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Oct
08
2017

Ranking the Power 5 Football Conferences after Week 6 with Playoff Analysis

While the playoff committee doesn’t rank the power 5 conference, there is no way conference strength – which means OOC results doesn’t figure in to a committee members thought process.

Let me point out on my philosophy on these rankings – your most recent  OOC results count a lot, and you’ll see me reference that throughout the season.

We’ll give each conference a relative strength value 1-10.

Let me explain my relative rankings

0-5 : Conference lacks depth no elite teams

6-7: Conference lacks depth, and there are 1-2 elite teams, and 1-2 quality teams

7-8: At least 2 elite teams, and at least 2 quality teams.

8-9: 3 elite teams, and at least 2 quality teams

9-10: 1/2 of conference is elite and/or quality teams.

1) SEC – 7.5

I’m elevating the SEC this week, because I’m starting to buy that they have 3 legit top 12 teams in Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn. Beyond that the conference  has little depth. Though Texas A&M and South Carolina may be decent.

Auburn has an interesting game at LSU next week. Alabama and Georgia get SEC pushovers Arkansas and Missouri.

Playoff Contenders 

Alabama, Georgia

In the Playoff Picture

Auburn

 

2) ACC – 7.4

Clemson cruised to a win over Wake Forest. Miami got a big victory over Florida State to get into darkhorse playoff position. NC State and Virginia Tech give the ACC their other two ranked teams.

The Tigers go to Syracuse this week, and Miami hosts tricky Georgia Tech.

Playoff Contenders

Clemson

In the Playoff Picture

Miami

 

3) Big 10 – 7.3

 

Michigan took a bad home loss Michigan State, that dropped it out of playoff contention for now. We’re not paying attention to Ohio State until they beat a ranked team.

Wisconsin hosts Purdue this week, but they should be fine in that one.

Playoff Contenders  

Penn State

In the Playoff Picture

Wisconsin

4) Pac 12 – 7.2

 

Utah dropped from the playoff chase after losing at home to Stanford. Washington State looked impressive winning at Oregon, and Washington continues to roll.

Washington State plays a dangerous game at Cal, and Washington is at Arizona State in a game that they can’t overlook.

Playoff Contenders

Washington

In the Playoff Picture

Washington State

5) Big 12 – 7.1

The Big 12 took a devastating loss when Oklahoma lost to Iowa State. The Sooners went from playoff lock to needing a lot of help. TCU is the Big 12’s only remaining viable playoff candidate at the moment as they beat West Virginia.

TCU faces a test Kansas State this week.

Playoff Contenders

TCU

In the Playoff Picture

NONE

The Rest 

Unless a Group of 5 or independent team can reach the top 15, there’s not much to note outside the Power 5 in terms of the playoff.

Playoff Contenders 

NONE

In the Playoff Picture

NONE

My Current Playoff Teams

As my personal criticism of the playoff committee, I don’t think the top 4 seeds order should be released until the final rankings. The playoff committee’s inconsistent and ever changing criteria is causing unnecessary frustration and confusion. It’s one of the improvement points I’d have for them.

If I had a vote this is who I would put in the playoff right now.

In –   Penn State | Alabama | Clemson | Washington

Just Missed – 5) Georgia  6) TCU 7) Wisconsin 8) Washington State

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